Biosecurity at Beechwood

Biosecurity at Beechwood

Biosecurity is a set of precautionary measures to prevent the introduction and spread of harmful organisms, pests and diseases and non-native plants eg Japanese knotweed, Giant hogweed and
Himalayan balsam.

It is not always possible to see pests and diseases and they can be transmitted accidentally by people working on an infected site then spreading infected material to a no infected site. Material can be carried on footwear or by the wheels of vehicles, diseases may also be spread via the equipment used for tree work.

Biosecurity is important when working on any site but is especially important when working on areas known to have harmful organisms, pests and diseases or non-native plants.

We have portable biosecurity kits which our teams take out to help limit the introduction and spread of harmful organisms, pests and diseases and non-native plants which includes:

Some of the items that may be included in a biosecurity kit.

  • Information sheet explaining how to prevent the spread of unwanted organisms etc
  • Bucket (big enough to fit our boots in plus few inches of water)
  • Boot pick
  • Brush
  • Disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Water container
  • Disposable gloves

Beechwood Trees and Landscapes Ltd shall pursue the following objectives:

The company shall aim to work to good industry practice and will ensure we are aware of any changes or updates to biosecurity practices.

Work sites and staff will be appropriately supervised and monitored to ensure correct use biosecurity control measures.

The company will hold internal knowledge and information on basic identification of current pest and disease threats.

Prior to commencing work on site, a Biosecurity Risk Assessment shall be completed to evaluate each site to identify if appropriate biosecurity control measures and transport and disposal options are required.

Staff will be equipped with the necessary equipment, PPE, and substances to implement biosecurity control measures including effective hygiene and sanitation practices.

Employees shall be briefed and trained on good biosecurity practices appropriate to their role within the organisation.

Recommendations made to clients with regard to species choice for new tree planting will take into consideration, the composition of the local tree population and the resilience of that population to pests, pathogens and invasive species.

Individual biosecurity responsibilities are issued to each employee.

 

Further information:

https://trees.org.uk/Help-Advice/Biosecurity-GuidanceĀ 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/prevent-the-introduction-and-spread-of-tree-pests-and-diseasesĀ 

 

Author: Mark Barrett ND.TM & Arb
Contract Manager

Email: mark.barrett@beechwoodtrees.co.uk